Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

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Twentieth century design in the regions led by Beuer chaise longue

07 January 2019

While five-figure sums for top-end 20th century design furniture are familiar in the international centres of New York, Paris and London, fewer pieces appear in the UK regional market.

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Eloise rescued from the garbage

07 January 2019

Painted as a birthday gift, a portrait of one of the more popular characters in the annals of American children’s literature, Eloise, sold for $80,000 (£62,675) at Bonhams New York (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on December 5.

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Chinese export porcelain punch bowl among US auction highlights in early 2019

07 January 2019

This Chinese export porcelain punch bowl will feature in a large two-day sale of more than 750 lots of Americana and international interest at Pook & Pook in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, on January 11-12.

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Bishton Hall bidder catches rare Oysterdate

07 January 2019

Testament to a vibrant market for vintage Tudor wristwatches, a very scarce Oysterdate – the reference 7031 or ‘Homeplate’ – proved the star of Hansons’ Christmas auction at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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Bird oil panels from Tim Wonnacott collection pose a puzzle

07 January 2019

Four works sold in Essex auction could be part of Marks’ Eaton Hall commission.

‘The Prophet Isaiah’ by Lorenzo Monaco

New York dealer Richard Feigen consigns series of Old Master paintings to Christie’s

04 January 2019

Christie’s has announced that it will offer a group of works from veteran art dealer Richard L Feigen later this year, valued at around $10m.

Liverpool delft soup bowl

What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last fortnight? Five auction highlights including a Liverpool delft soup bowl

04 January 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a Liverpool delft soup bowl with a battle scene showing the famous capture of Porto Bello by the British in 1739.

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Zulu War relics from extensive collection on offer at Kent auction along with tribal art

03 January 2019

Relics from the hard-fought defence of Rorke’s Drift in the Zulu War are among the lots for sale in a Kent auction as part of an extensive collection from the period.

Le Palais Ducal by Claude Monet

Sotheby’s to auction Claude Monet view of Venice with £20m-30m estimate

03 January 2019

Paintings by the great Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926) are not especially rare at auction. However, while depictions of waterlilies and scenes of Paris appear at most major sales series, the artist’s views of Venice emerge only occasionally.

Una and the Lion coin

Three lots to watch at auction this week including a British Antarctic Expedition menu and a Queen Victoria Una and the Lion coin

02 January 2019

The first week of the new year means we are back in the saleroom and here are three previews from upcoming auctions over the next few days.

Penguin egg

Are Polar exploration memorabilia auctions like buses? You could be waiting for ages for one and then three come along at once.

30 December 2018

From a penguin egg to a menu of penguin patties, January sees significant items relating to Polar exploration offered at sales at Golding Young & Mawer, Stroud Auctions and Tennants Auctioneers.

George Kidner Auctioneers

Hampshire auction house George Kidner to close

21 December 2018

George Kidner Auctioneers and Valuers is to close following the retirement of its founder.

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The year of the Dragon – Chinese bronze sculpture could be Summer Palace discovery

21 December 2018

Did the final days of 2018 provide the year’s greatest discovery? Bidders who pursued a bronze dragon head from €20,000 to €2.4m (£2.2m) at the Drouot in Paris on December 17 certainly thought so.

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Pick of the week: Rare Louis Vuitton travel trunk full of interest

21 December 2018

“Every specialist has an object that they dream of having in their sales,” says Matthew Rubinger, Christie’s head of handbags and accessories. “For me, it’s the aluminium Explorer trunk by Louis Vuitton. The market is full of silver-coloured metal trunks, but this piece is their inspiration.”

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Crab grabs Martin Brothers record at Phillips’ auction

21 December 2018

A new auction record for the idiosyncratic stonewares of the Martin brothers was established at Phillips’ Design sale in New York.

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Chinese peach at auction shows longevity in the market

21 December 2018

Estimated at £40-60, this unusual Chinese scholar’s object took £32,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at a recent auction at Rogers Jones in Cardiff.

Slipware jug

What lots caught bidders’ eyes this week? Five auction highlights including a dated slipware jug from the time of Charles I and a Beswick huntsman figure

21 December 2018

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a portrait of a red bonnet-wearing lady, a Beswick huntsman figure and slipware jug from the time of Charles I.

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Early Pink Floyd poster group beats estimate at auction

21 December 2018

Posters covering band or artist appearances during the embryonic days of their development are proving very popular at auction – a trend underlined by a group of 1966 Pink Floyd designs.

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‘The first female Cubist painter’

21 December 2018

Early works from artist known as Marevna is key feature of family collection sold in London.

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Hartigan's art is on the rise

21 December 2018

More female talent emerged at Roseberys in the form of this fiery piece of Abstract Expressionism below by American painter Grace Hartigan (1922-2008).

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